Battling Imogen Bankier forced to settle for European bronze

Imogen Bankier

Scotland's Imogen Bankier had to settle for a bronze medal at the European Championships in Kazan, Russia.

The Glaswegian doubles specialist and her Bulgarian partner Petya Nedelcheva gave top seeds Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl a hard match.

Bankier and Nedelcheva stunned the defending champions by taking the first game 21-12, the first pair to take a game off their opponents this week.

But the Danes hit back to level the match 21-13 and win the decider 21-7.

Bankier, who also won a bronze medal in the mixed doubles at the event two years ago, will partner Scotland team-mate Kirsty Gilmour at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow before tackling the world championships in Copenhagen at the end of August.